Norwich pension board questions former NPU GM Bilda’s pension application

April 17, 2019

Norwich — The Personnel and Pension Board on Tuesday questioned the pension application for former Norwich Public Utilities General Manager John Bilda and will seek a legal opinion on issues related to the time from Bilda’s resignation effective Dec. 31 and the retirement, effective April 10.

The Board of Public Utilities Commissioners approved a separation agreement with Bilda on Jan. 22, after he had been placed on paid administrative leave following a Nov. 8 indictment on four federal corruption charges.

The agreement called for Bilda to resign on Dec. 31, but effective April 10, after he reached his 30th anniversary of employment at NPU. From Jan. 1 through April 10, the agreement called for Bilda to be paid a token 1.1 million, according to the federal indictments.

Bilda faces one count of conspiracy and three counts of theft from a program receiving federal funds. The trial in the cases for all five officials is expected to start next February with jury selection.